Dear UKAN+ Member

Welcome to our July newsletter, a range of news from across our network reflecting and informing our community.

UKAN+ Networking

UKAN+ would like to invite expressions of interest (EoI) from its members to support networking, public engagement, advocacy and outreach activities. For this purpose, we have earmarked funds to support several EoIs up to £5k per EoI. Key criteria for successful bids are:

(i) the ability to generate new legacy before the end of the UKAN+ grant

(i) the ability to facilitate knowledge transfer within and beyond UKAN

(iii) the ability to develop collaborative full-scale research grant bids

(iv) the ability to promote the importance of acoustics and to raise its profile among the general public and policy makers.

There is no special form for expressions of interest. Please email your ideas (up to 500 words) to info@acoustics.ac.uk with the subject UKAN+ Networking EoI. The deadline for applications is the 2nd of August 2024. The funded activity must be organised to occur before the end of the UKAN+ grant - the 31st of March 2025.

UK Acoustics Network + funded stall at the Glasgow Science Festival

Lara Diaz Garcia

Researchers from the University of Strathclyde had a stall partially funded by UKAN+ at the Glasgow Science Festival from June 13th to 15th. During the three days that the stall was up, they received visits from hundreds of visitors, including several schools during the weekdays. Ranging from 3 years old to over 70, all kinds of visitors stopped by to learn a bit more about acoustics and the research on it that is done at the University of Strathclyde.

The name of the stall was "Did you know that you can see sound?". The visitors could learn about soundwaves with the Non-Destructive Testing SIG, going from 1D with a slinky to 3D with an acoustic levitator, stopping by 2D to see patterns on a Chladni plate. The Bioacoustics SIG told the visitors about crickets, how they make and listen to sounds, and what purpose cricket communication serves. The visitors were very impressed, especially by the cage with live crickets and the 3D acoustic levitator where you could float small particles and even water droplets.

The Glasgow Science Festival praised the stall and early talks are already happening to plan for next year's festival!" We are grateful to all who have been involved in the organisation of this event.

Physical Acoustics and Early Career Workshop

The Physical Acoustics (PA) and the Early Career (EC) special interest groups of UKAN+ are planning a one-day workshop to bring together early career researchers in acoustics and industry representatives in Acoustical Engineering. We would like to focus on various career opportunities for PhD students, recent PhD graduates and EC researchers as well as provide an opportunity for industry to reach out to academic researchers.

At this early stage of organising the event the coordinators would like to understand better the demand for this workshop. Hence, we created a form to survey PhD students, PhD graduates and EC researchers. The form can be found here.

Please use this form to indicate your interest in this event, express your preferences for how this workshop should be organised and give your personal view on what activities you would like to participate in.

If you have any further questions please send an email to the coordinators of the PA and EC SIGs.

UKAN+ Annual Meeting and Celebration Event

12th September 2024 at Manchester Metropolitan University

An opportunity to have your input in shaping the legacy from UKAN+. The UKAN+ event is scheduled for the 12th of September. Attendance at the UKAN+ Annual Meeting is free for UKAN members. The session will be attended by representatives from the EPSRC, industry and IoA.


Poster presentations from UKAN members and SIG leaders will run throughout the day. £250 Amazon gift will be given as the 1st Prize.
The IoA Acoustics 2024 event will be run in parallel on 12th and 13th of September 2024. A separate registration for the IoA Acoustics 2024 event will be open shortly through this link.

Dr Elaine Massung (Academic Smartcuts) and Professor Dan Allwood (Peak Writing) continue busting common proposal myths.

MYTH #12: You can't ask for any help when writing a grant proposal.

Throughout school, we’re indoctrinated with the idea that we should do our own work. This makes complete sense when it comes to avoiding cheating or plagiarism, but it can have the knock-on effect of preventing us from asking for help when it’s needed.

A grant proposal should not be created in isolation, and new PIs should not be expected to know or understand every little detail of the proposal creation process. Instead, it’s necessary to talk to others at each step.

When generating your initial ideas, it’s helpful to sense check them with colleagues. They may be able to point out issues you haven’t considered, identify ways of strengthening the project, or put you in contact with potential collaborators or project partners.

When sketching out an early draft of a proposal, especially the financial resources needed, it can be beneficial to speak to your research office. Do you need to be added to any particular software? What help can they provide? What information do they need from you before submission?

Is anything unclear in the funder’s guidance? Talk to them. It’s far better that you clarify any questions regarding eligibility or call topic before you spend time and effort on the proposal.

First draft done and dusted? Congratulations! Now get feedback from others. Feedback should be sought from two types of people: those who understand your research and those who are non-experts or lay readers. The first can help ensure that your project is feasible, while the second set can check that the language is clear.

Need more help? Get in touch with Elaine (hello@academic-smartcuts.com) and Dan (dan.allwood@peak-writing.com) or sign up for one of our training courses through UKAN+ or your institution.


UKAN+ Events


You can replay our various webinars via our YouTube, including UKAN+ Webinar: Exploring Sound Sensing AI for Home Wellbeing through Participatory Design Research
Get in touch!
If you have any news for our July newsletter do drop us an email before the 29th July 2024. We are interested to hear a range of news, perhaps you have a recent publication, or you would like to offer a blog for our community or maybe you know of some industry news we could share.